- Go on a sunset camel ride in the Sahara, then glamp in luxury tents beneath the stars
- Explore the medieval city of Fes, and go on a secret foodie tour through Marrakech
- Discover the dazling ‘Blue City’ of Chefchaouen
- Swim in the waterfalls of Akchour
- Hike through the Todra Gorge, stopping for lunch with a local Berber family
- From stylish riads to luxury glamping, stay in a series of stunning boutique hotels
Climb the highest mountain in Morocco and North Africa, at 4,167 metres. Spend two days altitude hiking through the remote Atlas foothills, staying at traditional Berber guesthouses along the way. Reconnect with nature in a land of waterfalls, wild flower meadows and winding mule trails. Stretch your limits with steep zig-zag climbs and rocky scree scrambles. Soak in extraordinary views from the summit of Mount Toubkal in Morocco, with a horizon that stretch for miles all around. Begin and end the trip in an Art Deco hotel in the heart of Marrakech, with luxury hammam treatments and a riad-style courtyard pool
If you’ve always dreamt of climbing a mountain but aren’t sure where to begin – this is the adventure for you. Our glorious getaway to the Atlas Mountains is soup for the soul, hitting the sweet spot of a hearty challenge without being overly taxing. You’ll need to be in fairly good shape to summit the highest mountain in Morocco and North Africa but we’re not in Bear Grylls territory here. So, come join us and a troupe of mules on a terrific two-day hike, as we meander through ancient trails that snake their way across the hazy Ait Mizane valley. We’ll trade the crowds for the highland foothills, escaping to a tucked-away world of sleepy Berber villages and sun-dappled cliff paths. Forget bleeping horns; the only sounds you’re likely to hear are the bleats of nearby goats, or evening calls to prayer. This is your chance to get a feel for Berber culture in the highlands of Morocco, as we bed down in traditional guesthouses and feast on delicious home-cooked meals. Along the way, we’ll pass by waterfalls, juniper forest and a sacred Muslim shrine, as well as wild flower meadows and a shimmering floodplain. Our final ascent to the peak of Jebel Toubkal is dramatic, involving a dawn scramble over rocky screes. But the “roof of North Africa” at 4,167 metres is more than worth the sweat, revealing a vast panorama that stretches from the Sahara to the Atlantic coast. No wonder it was once hailed as “the most fabulous mountains in all of Africa” (thanks, Pliny). Just for good measure, we’ll top and tail the whole trip with an Art Deco hotel in Marrakech, complete with luxury hammam treatments and a gleaming courtyard pool. An epic achievement with a hint of decadence in the mix? That’s just the way we roll…
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- Hike to the summit of Mount Toubkal, the highest mountain in Morocco and North Africa
- Drink in extraordinary views on the “roof of North Africa” at 4,167 metres
- Spend two days altitude-trekking in the Atlas highlands, hiking along ancient mule trails
- Stretch your limits in foothills and floodplains, far from the tourist hordes
- Wind down to nature surrounded by juniper forest, waterfalls and wild flower meadows
- Stay at traditional Berber guesthouses, with insight into local food and culture
- Experience a Moroccan hammam ritual, complete with a luxurious body treatment
- Relax at a beautiful Art Deco hotel in the heart of Marrakech, with a riad-style pool and spa
Day 1: MARRAKECH CALLING
Take a private transfer from the airport to your urban oasis hotel in the heart of Marrakech. Wallow by the pool, hit up the local souks or make a beeline for the beautiful Jardin Majorelle. Meet your guide and fellow Flashpackers for an evening meal in a local restaurant, and see Djemaa El Fna square come alive at sunset
Flashpackers, welcome to Marrakech! Whatever time of day you arrive, a private transfer awaits to whisk off through the colourful nooks and alleyways of Morocco’s cultural heartland. Settle into your gorgeous garden hotel, a riad-style retreat right by Djemaa El Fna square that’s brimming with urban greenery and chic design notes. Order a mint tea or a glass of fruity Moroccan red and take a pew by the courtyard pool before heading out to explore your new home. Marrakech is a city of treasures and it’s well worth getting here early to make the most of its many delights. Immerse yourself in a lantern-lined warren of bustling souks, then take sanctuary at the cacti-filled haven of Jardin Majorelle – a Ville Noveau villa once owned by Yves Saint Laurent. Pop by the resplendent Ali ben Youssef Medersa for a taste of ancient Moorish architecture and have your haggling hat handy as you mosey back through the narrow medina streets. At 6pm, we’ll meet at the hotel and head out for a welcome meal in night-time Marrakech. Djemaa El Fna square is best appreciated at sunset, when you’ll see hundreds of street food stalls come alive in a chorus of lights and wafting smoke. Wander amid the troupes of snake-charmers and storytellers and soak in the relentless energy of Marrakech en-route to a local restaurant. From succulent kebabs to steaming tagines and spicy fish chermoula, Morocco is bursting at the seams with rich culinary heritage. Get set for a riot of flavour as you get to know your guide and fellow Flashpackers over supper and fuel up for the hike ahead.More +
Day 2: INTO THE ATLAS FOOTHILLS
Drive south to Toubkal National Park and begin the Toubkal ascent in the Berber village of Imlil, at 1,740 metres. Trek one hour to Aroumd and pause for lunch before zigzagging upwards along steep mule trails and remote river foothills, on a seven-hour hike to Toubkal base camp, at 3,207 metres. Settle into your wilderness guesthouse and feast on a hearty dinner ahead of your sunrise summit attempt
This morning we’re breaking loose into the Atlas foothills, leaving at 8am for a two hour drive south to the sleepy Berber village of Imlil – the gateway to Mount Toubkal, at 1,740 metres. Watch frenetic city life give way to a tapestry of undulating hills, as you head up into the cooling balm of Toubkal National Park. By the time we arrive in Imlil, the desert heat will have dissolved into snow-capped peaks that loom above a swath of lush terraced slopes and hazy tree-lined valleys. This area is well off-radar from the tourist crowds, offering wonderful insight into Berber culture and a side of Morocco that sits lightyears away from the hustle of city life. We’ll begin today’s 11km trek by easing into our summit attempt, climbing 50 minutes to the village of Aroumd at 2,000 metres. At Aroumd, we’ll pause for lunch and admire sweeping views of Toubkal over steaming mint tea before continuing onwards across the Ait Mizane floodplain to our base camp at Neltner. This next part of the route takes around seven hours to complete and it’s challenging yet beautiful (check here for more info on Flash Pack fitness levels). We’ll tackle the 1,207-metre hike in altitude by zigzagging up and down a series of switchbacks, following sun-dappled mule trails and remote riverbank paths that snake through the rugged mountain terrain. Along the way, we’ll pass by orchards, streams and Berber dwellings here and there. We might see the odd shack, or shepherds with their goats, but mostly this is a land of wilderness: of wild flower meadows, juniper forest and tranquil valley gorges. At around 2,350 metres, we’ll stop to admire Sidi Chamharouch, a Muslim shrine and popular pilgrimage spot that houses the tomb of a local marabout. We’ll then continue along the flank of the Ait Mizane valley up to the snowline at Neltner – the nominal Toubkal base camp – at 3,207 metres. Set amid a vast expanse of craggy peaks, you’ll feel truly in the middle of nowhere here, with the top of Toubkal in spitting distance (well, almost). Make yourself at home in the cosy guesthouse and feast on a hearty home-cooked dinner before getting an early night. Tomorrow, our summit beckons!More +
Day 3: SUMMIT IN THE SKIES
Rise at dawn for a 10 hour trek tackling 22km of mountainous terrain. The adventure begins with a four-hour hike to the summit of Jebel Toubkal, navigating a series of steep scree fields. Drink in spectacular views at the summit, with the horizon stretching all the way to the Sahara on a clear day. Trek back down to base camp for lunch, before descending a further four hours to the Berber village of Imlil
The summit of Morocco’s highest mountain waits for no person, so we’ll be up at the crack of dawn this morning, ready to tackle 22km on a ten hour trek. Fuel up on your coffee this morning, our sights are set on reaching the magnificent summit of Mount Toubkal before breakfast. Towering at 4,167 metres, Toubkal is the reigning king of North African giants; a behemoth described by Roman geographer Pliny as “the most fabulous mountains in all of Africa”. Such a magnificent prize doesn’t come easy and our four-hour hike to the summit involves navigating a series of steep scree fields filled with boulders and rocks. There’ll be a fair amount of scrambling involved and you’ll notice the thinning air, but we’ll take it slow and steady to compensate for the rising altitude. It is also worth noting that during winter and large parts of the year, the top of Toubkal will be covered in snow. Finally, a ridgeline crest will take you to a wide plateau, and the fabled the roof of North Africa. Prepare for your heart to swell and your soul to soar, because the views here are quite spectacular. On a clear day, Morocco’s mountain gem offers a panorama that stretches for miles. Look west, and you may glimpse the Atlantic coast beyond the peaks of Nfiss valley. To the east lies the shimmering plains of the Sahara, while the extinct volcano Siroua lingers to the south. Drink in the dream-like horizon and toast to your feat over a well-deserved al fresco breakfast. Then, it’s time to make your way back down the high rocky cliffs for a four-hour trek back to Neltner and a Berber-style lunch. True trekking champions that we are, we’ll continue onwards, returning to the lovely Berber village of Imlil. We’ll use this final stretch to drink in one last gulp of solitude in the Atlas hills, passing by a rich cluster of waterfalls, rivers and emerald terraced fields. We’ll arrive in Imlil for dusk, in time to rest up at our cosy mountain gite filled with lanterns and cushions. Today is a long but rewarding day of hiking, with each new step revealing yet more breath-taking views.More +
Day 4: WIND DOWN, HAMMAM-STYLE
After breakfast in Imlil, drive one and a half hours back to Marrakech and unwind with a luxury hammam session. Wallow in a steam bath and indulge in a purifying body ritual before catching a few last-minute rays by the chic hotel pool. Head out for a farewell meal and a final night partying in mesmerising Marrakech
You’ve done all the hard work: now’s the time to let your hair down and treat yo’ self. After breakfast, we’ll travel 90 minutes back to Marrakech and our beautiful oasis hotel. Our summit climb behind us, we’ll hit up a local hammam and throw our sweaty trekking gear to the wind to stretch out for a purifying body ritual. If you’ve never been to a hammam before, you’re in for a treat with this time-honoured Moroccan bathing rite. Get pummelled and scrubbed in the plumes of a Moroccan steam bath, as you slather yourself head-to-toe in moisturising Argan oil body milk. After an all-body exfoliation with Moroccan black soap – the cleanser of kings – you’ll be fresh and radiant enough to conquer a whole new summit. But fear not, the screes and cliff climbs are behind you now; today is all about basking in your victory. Hammam ticked off, cut a move to the turquoise hotel pool and wallow in the sunny shallows, drink in hand. If anyone deserves some down-time, it’s you and your mount-summiting self. As twilight sets in, we’ll venture out for a farewell dinner and drinks in magical Marrakech. Meander through Djemaa El Fna square, as it flickers in the glow of fire dancers and a thousand twinkling lights. Take your place along the acrobatic dancers and the henna tattoo artists, or hunt down one of the city’s sleek rooftop bars to party the night away. Whatever you do, remember to raise a cheers to your fellow Flashpackers: you’re mountaineers now.More +
Day 5: AU REVOIR, MOROCCO
Flashpackers, it’s time to say good-bye to lovely Morocco. Or, why not extend your adventure with our longer bucket-list trip? Sunset camel rides and secret food tours await…
Flashpacker, the time is nigh. Today we draw a line under our thrilling Moroccan getaway. But what a journey it’s been! We’ve scrambled over screes to summit Jebel Toubkal at 4,167 metres, drinking in extraordinary views over to the Sahara Desert and the shimmering Atlantic coast. We’ve tackled high-altitude trekking through mule trails and forest pathways, zigzagging our way through switchbacks that cut across steep valley ravines. We’ve soaked in the unspoilt beauty of the Atlas Mountains, far from the hustle of everyday life, and basked in the warmth of Berber hospitality at a series of traditional guesthouses. We’ve stretched our limits and cut free from the modern world, amid a maze of alpine meadows, waterfalls and rolling emerald hills. And we’ve stayed in one of Marrakech’s finest boutique hotels, with pristine gardens, a rooftop bar and an Art Deco-style courtyard and pool. From the bright lights and snake charms of Djemaa El Fna square to the hazy foothills of the Ait Mizane valley, this trip has been one long treat for the senses. Make your way to the airport in your own time or – if you can’t quite bear to tear yourself away – sunset camel rides and luxury glamping await in our longer bucket-list Morocco adventure. Not to mention a secret food safari and hiking in the Todra Gorge. Buckle up and let the sweet times roll!More +
Fly into and out of: Marrakech Menara International Airport (RAK)
You’ll need to be relatively fit to tackle this trip and capable of hiking all day through moderately difficult terrain. It’s not Everest but our route involves a series of steep climbs in high altitude.
We’ll take it at our own pace and make plenty of stops for snacks and mint tea/freshly squeezed orange juice.
Trekking times will vary according to the abilities of each individual group.
A team of mules will be available to carry luggage but it’s worth keeping a bottle of water and other essentials in your own small backpack.
Please remember to pack light and include a few layers for the cool mountain nights.
There are no ATMs outside Marrakech, so bring any small amounts of cash you’ll need with you.
Come armed with Factor 50 sun cream; the Atlas Mountains are deceptively hot, even with cloud cover. However, during Easter, autumn and even the summer months, it can be cold and snowy at the summit.
Morocco is not an alcohol-free country but it’s wise to avoid drinking alcohol in public outdoor places, especially near mosques – stick to hotels, guesthouses and private bars.
If your Pack Leader feels that it is unsafe to climb to the summit due to weather, we will head down the valley.
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